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Collection of historical and current state-level data covering health care, crime, education and more.

Visual resource

Maps of towns or cities in Pennsylvania originally created for use by fire insurance companies. Maps are drawn to a scale of 50 feet to an inch, list street blocks and building numbers, and are coded for building materials used. Digitized color versions of some of the Pennsylvania maps are available from Penn State's map library.

Collection of scientific, technical, and medical journals published by Elsevier.


Coverage: 1907-present

Electronic version of Chemical Abstracts, an index of articles, patents, technical reports, and other materials covering chemistry, biochemistry, and chemical engineering. Includes feature that allows users to search by drawing chemical structures.

Visual resource

Over 500 streaming silent features, serials, and shorts produced from the 1890s to the 1930s.

Music from the Smithsonian Folkways collection and from other music archives around the world. Strong in American folk and other "roots" music. Includes spoken word recordings, such as poets reading their works.

Data, Gateway, Visual resource

Coverage: US Census 1790-2010; American Community Survey 2005-2012, and others.

User-friendly tool for locating and downloading US Census data and other demographic resources. Social Explorer is also an on-line tool for creating maps with this data for export as image files.


Coverage: 1908-present.

Indexes journal articles, books, and conference papers in sociology. Includes a substantial amount of full text.


Coverage: 1903-1995

Electronic backfile of the South China Morning Post from the first issue through 1995.


Coverage: 1970-present

Database of abstracts from physics journals and conference proceedings. Some links to full text included.


Collection of scientific, technical, and medical journals and books published by Springer. Lafayette users have access to the full text of journals in this collection from 1997 to the present and the full text of books from 2005 through the present.

Data, Full-text

Database of business and investment information: company profiles and financial data; stock, bond, and mutual fund reports. Includes S&P's Industry Surveys and Register of Corporations.


Coverage: 1714-1782

Collection of digitized British government records from the National Archives of the UK. These full-color manuscript scans cover the reigns of George I and George II, and part of the reign of George III, and detail the inner workings of the government during such major events as the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745, the Seven Years' War, and the majority of the American Revolutionary War.


Statistics and studies gathered by market researchers, trade organizations, scientific publications and government sources on over 600 industries


Compendium of U.S. economic, social, and political data. A good first stop when you're looking for statistics.